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Montessori School expansion creates more childcare spaces

School in Boundary Bay will have 40 more spaces this September
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Boundary Bay Montessori School head of school Kate Baldwin. Photo submitted

Boundary Bay Montessori School (BBMS), known for its community-minded education that fosters the independent nature of the child, has announced that it will open its expanded childcare space in September 2024 to accommodate 40 additional children.

The new classroom introduces a Nido facility to the BBMS program, which already has a well-regarded curriculum for Casa (preschool and kindergarten) and elementary students.

Now, children can attend BBMS from as young as one-year-old and progress through the school’s program until they are ready to start high school. When the additional 40 Nido and Casa spaces are filled, the school will have approximately 95 children accessing its education and child-care expertise.

“We are so delighted to welcome more families to our school and our supportive community,” said BBMS head of school Kate Baldwin. “BBMS has been a vital part of generations of Delta families, and now many more children are going to be able to experience our methods of education that are developed to instill confidence in our students, leading to their best chance for success and joy in adulthood.”

Located adjacent to farmland and a short distance from Boundary Bay, the school will host an Open House May 25 to unveil the new Nido and Casa space to the community and families with prospective students. BBMS enrolls students from municipalities throughout the Lower Mainland. Please send your RSVP by March 31 to Baldwin at: headofschool@bbmschool.ca.

“Our small class sizes, highly qualified teachers, and the quality of education we offer has made BBMS very desirable,” she said. “We’re not only a popular choice in Delta, but we have families who come from Richmond, White Rock, and Surrey, so, this expansion couldn’t come at a better time to meet the demand we’re seeing.”

The terms “Nido” and “Casa” are Italian for “nest” and “home”, respectively.

Nido refers to the warm and inviting environment offered to the one-to-three-year-old child, providing nurturing and calm stimulation to enhance the development of the young child. Casa refers to the second home that the classroom becomes for the three-to-five-year-old child. Here, the children are actively engaged in learning about themselves, their environment, and their world.

Since 1990, BBMS has offered preschool-to-elementary learning in Delta.

The school is operated by the Montessori in Delta (MIND) Board, a not-for-profit society, and is located at 3800 72 Street.

Its education is built on the foundation of principles developed by Maria Montessori, the famed Italian physician and teacher who created resources and curricula aimed at fostering the natural strengths of young minds and providing them with the social skills necessary to excel among their peers.